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shrodinger equation

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:05 pm
by halle young 4A
I know we won't have to do calculations with this equation, but conceptually can someone go over what the equation does? I am still a bit confused on what it means.
thanks

Re: shrodinger equation

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:33 pm
by A Raab 1K
I think it just describes the wave function or a path that a given system will take. It has to do with potential energy and kinetic energy to find the total energy, and using it to find the behavior of an electron bound to a nucleus.

Re: shrodinger equation

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:42 pm
by Camellia Liu 1J
Shrodinger's equation basically defines a wave function of a particle that has a certain value at any given time for certain points in space. It also helps specify how the waves are altered by external forces.

The equation is HΨ=EΨ,
where Ψ represents the height of a wave at position x, y, z and
Ψ^2 represents the probability of finding an electron

so change in Ψ(x, y, z) = energy (x, y, z)

Re: shrodinger equation

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:20 pm
by ValerieChavarin 4F
I was confused about this too, since he went over it really quick. The textbook provides a bit more information on it.

Re: shrodinger equation

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:40 pm
by Emma Popescu 1L
The Schrodinger equation is used to calculate both the wavefunction and the corresponding energy. There is a lot of information about it in Topic 1C in the textbook but we do not need to read that section.